Harry’s have been disrupting the male shaving market in the UK since June 2017. The founders, Jeff and Andy were fed up of paying through the nose for overpriced razorblades and over-designed razors; so decided to do something about it.
Their direct-to-customer approach has led to substantial savings for the average Joe, this was further helped by the purchase of the factory where Harry’s German made razorblades are crafted.
Their approach to re-thinking the shaving industry and what customers expect from a product has clearly worked. According to Harrys 10 million men have now tried their products and you can’t argue with a number like that.
This is also a business with ethics. And we really like that. Every year, Harry’s set aside 1% of their sales to donate to charitable organisations that share their ambition to bring quality mental health care to men everywhere. In the UK, Harry’s are partnered with CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably). CALM run programmes that directly support the mental health of men, with the goal of turning the tide against suicide, the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.
Building on the success of their shaving and skincare products, Harry’s have launched a range of Haircare and shower products to compliment their already impressive line-up. I was lucky enough to receive a care package from those lovely folks at Harry’s so I could see what all the fuss was about for myself.
First impressions? These are very smart looking products. All the bottles are in the effortlessly cool trademark Harry’s Blue, with the Mammoth logo front and centre. They are understated but ooze quality. A bit like all the other things that Harry’s sell then.
I was a big fan of the shampoo/conditioner. A fresh, eucalyptus scented wash that lathered up well and left my hair feeling clean, but neither dry or ‘slick’ like some heavy conditioners can. It’s a big bottle so will easily last a month, and a bargain at £8.
The new shower gel comes in three variants, Shiso/Stone/Fig. All with an individual character and depths of scent. I tried the Stone wash – described as ‘Invigorating minerals and citrus’. It was a distinctively masculine fresh scent that was still detectable an hour or two after a shower – great stuff! And again, extremely well priced at just £5.
My favourite hair product out of the three options had to be the texturising putty. This is a must for anyone who likes a choppy/messy matt look to their hair. A little goes a very long way with this putty, so expect the pot to last a couple of months easily with daily use. As with the other products – it smelled great too. This magic little pot will set you back a cool £9, considerably less that similar products on the market.
The taming cream was unfortunately lost on me, as I tend to keep my hair pretty short. Plus it’s generally not too unruly. But for anyone who has longer, wavy or curly hair… This will be right up your street. It’s a super light hold, acting more like a leave-in conditioner than a product to control and set your hair. The consistency was perfect and smelled incredible. £9 to control and care for your curly hair – it would be rude not to.
The sculpting gel completes the hair care and styling range. This is for all the guys out there who rock the Peaky Blinders look. A firm hold gel that leaves a polished finish, but with none of the nasty ingredients that can strip and damage your hair. When I say polished, I don’t mean ‘glossy’. Some products don’t manage to get the balance right and lets be honest, the ‘wet look’ is a bit early 90’s isn’t it? Yours for only £7.
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Review by Tom Bradley.